In a Witch's Wardrobe by Juliet Blackwell
Narrator: Xe Sands
Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
Date Read: April 2015
Genre: Cozy Mystery, Mystery
Lily Ivory is living her dream of owning a vintage clothing store—and practicing magic on the side. But when she encounters a sinister sleeping spell, Lily comes face-to-face with a nightmarish evil…
Taking a night off from running her successful San Francisco clothing store, Lily attends a local art deco ball where vintage fashions steal the show. But when a young woman at the event falls under a mysterious sleeping sickness, Lily senses that a curse was placed on the woman’s corsage.
Before Lily can solve the woman’s magical ailment, she’s asked to assist in investigating a string of poisonings in the Bay Area witchcraft community. She’s gained the trust of the local covens by supporting women’s charities through her clothing store. But soon, Lily suspects that one of her new acquaintances might not be so well intentioned and could be dabbling in dark magic and deadly botany…
Publisher: Obsidian, Tantor
Series: A Witchcraft Mystery #4
Also by this author: If Walls Could Talk, Secondhand Spirits, A Cast-Off Coven, Keeper of the Castle, Hexes and Hemlines br> br>
Also in this series: Secondhand Spirits, A Cast-Off Coven, Spellcasting In Silk
NOTE: These “reviews” are as simple as it gets (and mostly for tracking purposes)! They will have a rating, first thought, narrator thought (quick), and will officially be filed 🙂
Listened/Read for Fun (Audible/Paperback)
Overall Rating: 4.50
Story Rating: 4.75
Character Rating: 4.25
Audio Rating: 4.50 (not part of the overall rating)
First Thought when Finished: In a Witch’s Wardrobe by Juliet Blackwell is my favorite in the series so far! That is saying a lot because I have enjoyed each of them.
Overall Thoughts: This is one of those cozy mystery series where the characters are done right. Lily doesn’t fight/look down on/snub her nose at the law. Instead she works with them. The supporting cast all play very important roles in her life and while flawed they are lovable in their own right. Lily isn’t perfect either and that makes her totally easy to relate too. Her internal dialogue while witchy is very identifiable 🙂 The mystery in this one stumped me. I totally didn’t figure it out and loved the twists/turns it took a long the way. I like the new characters that were introduced and hope we see more of them. I even like her personal life (though still messy) now. All in all just a darn good read!
Narrated By Xe Sands / Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
Xe does an excellent job with this series. Her male voices are strong and unique (something I sometimes have a hard time with) and her female voices are spot on. Even when I am reading these stories (because I often flip back/forth between audio/paper), I can hear her doing Lily. I love when a narration just sticks with you! I highly recommend these on audio.
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